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USCM: Revere wins Google's Get Your Business Online City Challenge

      USCM: Revere wins Google's Get Your Business Online City Challenge  Mayor Rizzo is awarded for helping Revere's small businesses get online  PR Newswire  July 16  REVERE, Mass.-- Today at Revere City Hall, the U.S. Conference of Mayors and Google awarded Mayor Rizzo and the City of Revere as one of the three winners of Google's Get Your Business Online City Challenge. Mayor Rizzo lead a number of initiatives to help Revere's small businesses get online.  U.S. Conference of Mayors  More than 150 Mayors and their cities participated in the City Challenge, which Google launched with the US Conference of Mayors in June of 2013. Cities held events, conducted outreach, and formed partnerships to encourage local businesses to get online. The winning cities were celebrated for their creative, far reaching, and scalable efforts. One of Revere's initiatives was a "Tech Buddies" program where participating high school students provided help for small businesses who needed assistance creating their website. They also recruited students to go door-to-door to visits businesses and demonstrate the real power of an online presence using tables. Additionally, Revere hosted a total of 14 training sessions for small businesses to teach them how to get online.  As part of their prize package, winning cities will be given a technology prize package valued at $50,000 that includes phones, tablets, and laptops. The ceremony today recognized Mayor Rizzo and the Revere Get Your Business Online team for their great efforts to get Revere businesses online.  "We would not have been able to win this award without the support of our partners, which include: the Revere Chamber of Commerce, Revere Community School, Interact Club, Youth in Action, The Neighborhood Developers, and Revere TV," explained Mayor Rizzo. "I am excited about the new resources we are receiving which will enable the Revere Get Your Business Online Team to enhance outreach and advocacy for small business owners in Revere."  "Over the next 3 years, businesses that make use of the web expect to grow 40% faster than those that don't. Yet, 55% of America's businesses don't have a website." said Soo Young Kim, Head of Google's Get Your Business Online Program. "We are thrilled to see the great strides cities made in helping to get their local businesses online where there customers are."  "As expected, our partnership with Google on the Get Your Business Online City Challenge has brought out the best in our nation's cities with creative strategies for engaging small businesses in communities from coast to coast. We could not be more proud of the great efforts of our winners and the over 150 cities participating in the challenge." said US Conference of Mayors CEO and Executive Director Tom Cochran.  About The United States Conference of Mayors  The U.S. Conference of Mayors is the official nonpartisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more. There are nearly 1,400 such cities in the country today, and each city is represented in the Conference by its chief elected official, the mayor. Like us on Facebook at facebook.com/usmayors, or follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/usmayors.  About Get Your Business Online  Get Your Business Online is an easy and fast way for small businesses to get online. Small businesses need to be online because their customers are. While 97% of Internet users look online for local products and services, 55% of small businesses do not have a website or online presence. Get Your Business Online provides small businesses with a free website as well as free tools, training, and resources to help their business succeed online.  Contact: Elena Temple-Webb, etemple@usmayors.org Miles Lang-Kennedy, mlang-kennedy@revere.org (781) 286-8111  Logo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110125/MM36443LOGO  /PRNewswire-USNewswire -- July 16, 2014/  SOURCE The U.S. Conference of Mayors  
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